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Barnsville in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Barnesville

“... a bad night of it...”

 

—Gettysburg Campaign —

 
Barnesville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, January 28, 2007
1. Barnesville Marker
Inscription. The advance of Union Gen. John F. Reynolds’ I Corps began slogging through Barnesville on the morning of Friday, June 26, 1863, having crossed the Potomac River the afternoon before and camped west of town. Continuous heavy rain made marching muddy and camping soggy, but recently mowed straw from a nearby farm provided dry bedding for some. A Pennsylvania officer wrote, “The troops had a bad night of it—the more dismal from their inability to cook supper, and the incessant braying of some hundreds of mules belonging to the wagon trains which were parked nearby.”

Early on June 27, Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock's II Corps began marching through town. It had camped near Barnesville less than a year before on September 13, 1862, on its way to Antietam. After two days of soldiers tramping by, the townspeople thought they were finally rid of soldiers. But on Sunday, June 28, 1863, Gen. John Sedgwick’s VI Corps came through, having crossed the Potomac in the early morning.

(sidebar)While marching, many VI Corps soldiers hear church bells ringing. Some attended services at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and were gratified to hear prayers for President Abraham Lincoln and peace. After eight months in Virginia, the men enjoyed the smiling faces and warm greetings. The congregation had an old and distinguished
Two Civil War Trail Markers at St. Mary's Church, Barnesville image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
2. Two Civil War Trail Markers at St. Mary's Church, Barnesville
history, with the Carroll family among its founders in 1741. The church that the soldiers entered was built in 1822, replacing one that had burned. The present brick church was built in 1900.
 
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 39° 13.268′ N, 77° 22.856′ W. Marker is in Barnsville, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Barnesvile Road and W Harris Road, on the left when traveling west on Barnesvile Road. Touch for map. Located in the parking lot for the St. Mary’s Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville MD 20838, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Barnesville (here, next to this marker); Barnesvile Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Historic Site [ B&O RR station] (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sugarloaf Mountain (approx. 2.2 miles away); Sugar Loaf Mountain (approx. 2.2 miles away); Chesapeake and Ohio Aqueduct (approx.
Present Day St. Mary's Catholic Church image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 7, 2007
3. Present Day St. Mary's Catholic Church
A cemetery behind the church contains the graves of several Civil War veterans.
2.5 miles away); Mt. Ephraim Crossroads (approx. 2.5 miles away); 1862 Antietam Campaign (approx. 2.5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnsville.
 
More about this marker. The main portion of the marker has portraits of Gens. Reynolds and Hancock, as well as a drawing of wagons on the march. The sidebar contains a picture of the pre-1900 church, as was used by the soldiers.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock. (Submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Gen. John Reynolds. (Submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,736 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 14, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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